Pier Fire Update, 10am, 9/19/17: Full Containment is Imminent! 

Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Work continues to fully contain the fire, focusing on that area west of Pierpoint Springs where the fire still smolders on the south side of the Tule River. Crews continue to extinguish hot spots along the southern perimeter. Active fire is expected to continue burning through unburned pockets of vegetation until winter rains fully extinguish them. These areas are well within the interior of the fire, and will likely be visible from nearby communities. The escape potential is low, all perimeter lines are being patrolled by fire personnel.

All travelers in the fire area should use extreme caution when driving. Be aware of potential safety hazards such as falling rocks, fire-weakened trees, downed broken/burned tree limbs, and heavy equipment along roadways. Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are working to replace infrastructure that was damaged by the fire. Expect traffic delays when travelling along Highway 190. This work is necessary to have power restored to mountain communities. Impacted residents may contact Southern California Edison at (800) 611-1911 for further information. 

Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire remain closed under a Forest Closure Order. A current map of the closure area can be found on Inciweb Closure Information. The public, including local residents, are reminded that despite Highway 190 being reopened, the Forest area remains closed due to hazardous conditions from the Pier Fire. As hazards are reduced, some areas may be reopened. The most up-to-date closure information will be posted on Inciweb as conditions change. For recreational information, please call the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607.
Basic Information

Current as of 9/19/2017, 10:42:12 AM

Incident Type Wildfire

Cause Human (under Investigation)

Date of Origin Tuesday August 29th, 2017 approx. 02:30 AM

Location Highway 190 at Wishon Road 7 miles east of Springville

Incident Commander Angel Prieto (t) Ernie Villa

Current Situation

Total Personnel 618

Size 36,556 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%

Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved 

Primary fuels are dormant brush, hardwood slash, and closed timber litter. The fire is located in a heavy tree mortality area. The southern portion of the fire is burning in a location with little to no recorded fire history.

Significant Events 

Interior burning active throughout the day and night. Expect this to continue until area receives heavy precipitation.


Planned Actions 

Hold, improve, and mop up completed line. Continue suppression repair and provide structure defense as appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity 


All portions of Highway 190 were reopened to the public on Monday September 18 at 10 am. No evacuations in place. Forest closure still in effect for Forest areas surrounding the Pier Fire.


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